Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

After returning from Chicago we as a family hit the ground running.  It has been an incredibly busy and challenging week.  God is teaching us lots of life lessons and we are so thankful even if the lessons hurt a little bit.

This little lady was invovled in a musical at church called It's Cool in the Furnace based on the bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel.  The show was really amazing!

We are learning with Hope that there are things like piano and basketball that are in her comfort zones.  Solos in musicals and dancing at a dance are way out of her comfort zone.
I do love seeing her little smile and I love that she is growing up in a church with lots of opportunities for kids to learn and grow in their faith.

On Friday not only did we pull of a Mother's Day Tea at preschool (thank you Christy)  but with the help of Teri at church we pulled off the first ever Daddy Daughter Dance at FUMC.  Here is Hope with her Daddy:)  Check out the chandelier behind them made by Teri-it is hula hoops, white duck tape, and christmas lights.  It was so pretty!! We served the couples dinner and then opened the dance floor for lots and lots of dancing!  Our church fellowship hall was ROCKING! For desssert we also set up a milk and cookie bar!  
Our little lady was not up for dancing but she did dance for a few special people including her brother.  Our youth worked this event to raise money for their mission trip.  It was really a fun night!  I will admit that after pulling off those two events on Friday I did not leave the couch Saturday!  Ha!  This gal is getting old.
Today is Mother's Day and I have enjoyed a special day with my people.  We met my parents for dinner to celebrate Mothers Day.  My Mom and I are very different-she is way girly and "fru fru" and I live for jeans and my Jesus shirts.  She is a shopper and I try to be but I am soooo not.  She always looks put together with matching jewelry and lets just say I try.  Sometime I will blog about the Sabika jewelry story at the alligator farm!  She is a riot!

My Mom has dealt gracefully with a few hard hands she and my Dad have been dealt lately.  My Mom is still healing from a nasty fall she took after Christmas and she and my Dad caretake on a daily basis my grandmother who can be a wee bit of a challenge.  Bless her.

I also find it ironic and a God thing that in my life that days that I have received the two hardest pieces of news which included the day David was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and and the day he was diagnosed with cancer my Mom was with me.  Both times.  I will never forget coming home from the ER to pack a bag for an extended time period at UVA while waiting on the ambulance to transport me and Dave to UVA and my Mom was here.  She felt as helpless as I did and I am sure that was torture for her to stay back but she did.  It is ironic that my Mom has been here with me through the hardest times-not sure why God designed it that way but it is something I will never forget.  She is tougher than her tiny and bony frame shows!  She and my Dad both exude grace when times are hard.  Happy Mother's Day you sabika jewelry-wearing, days of our lives watching, Jesus loving, momma!!!

This post is out of order again but here is the song that the Daddies and Daughers dance their first dance to.  It is my new favorite song and I was introduced to it from one of our clinic nurses at UVA.  I so hope Hope and her Daddy dance to this at her wedding one day.  The lyrics get me everytime.

I wish that I could be your everything
Be the One to give you all the things you need.  
Sometimes I am going to let you down.
But There's the One and if You'll Just believe
He'll be your hero like He's always been for me
Darling Jesus is the one you need.  

As a Mom when one day down the road when I measure how successful my children will be the size of their house, the number of degreees they obtain, or their bank account will not mean much to me.  I will measure their success on how much they love and serve the Lord as well as how deeply they love others around them.  Jesus is the One they need.  Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Chicago!

Oh Chicago how much fun you provided the Robinson family  over the most few days!! We knew
All along that Adidas Select in Chicago was on Team Xplosion schedule but we did not know how awesome it would be for our family schedule! We realized that the boys SOLs would be done and that we could actually go and make a family trip of it!! We of course had to hit all the iconic sports spots in the Windy City and the Yankees were in town!!  We also visited Soldier Stadium and the United Center. 
We were so impressed with how beautiful Lake Michigan is! this beach front was down the road from our team hotel. It was so chilly and windy but so beautiful! I cannot even put into words how thankful we are for family time together where Mike is not tied to his phone and for the opportunities that God has blessed us with.
The Windy City is certainly a beauty with the down town part of the city on the shores of  Lake Michigan. The navy pier was a fun place to explore around even if the wind was brutal! The  Lincoln park zoo was a hit for Hope and her Daddy. We were blessed with early morning games on Saturday which then gifted us the rest of the day to explore and have fun.  
Both the freshman team and Sophomore team played in Chicago this weekend and so Saturday night we had a family dinner downtown for some real Chicago pizza . David was in heaven! 
 
Downtown Chicago after our big team dinner! 
I love watching some basketball and our Xplosion guys did awesome! We went 3-0 but sadly still got  knocked out due to stupid point differential. We could not even be happy for the wins because we got knocked out even though we won the last game by 50 😩😩😩 it does not seem fair especially because a trip to Las Vegas was on the line. I kept looking for the tournament director to discuss this with him but Mike felt that was not in my best interest! Ha!  I am thankful for the opportunities that God has given us and I am thankful that we can enjoy time together in a new city to explore. Chicago I think you are awesome but take me home to our beautiful mountains and no traffic or tolls! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekend Overload

 As crazy as last week and this weekend were I just keep reminding myself that "these are the days" and I will miss this craziness one day.  One day there will be no one to take to a tournament or a game and I will be sad (maybe). :)  So my philosophy now with one in high school, one in middle and our sweet girl still in elementary school is to soak up every second.
  Kyle and I took  a road trip this weekend for him to play with his Xplosion team in Greensboro.  Greensboro you were great but hot!  We were in this beautiful private school gym Friday night and there was no AC.  I was so hot cheering and watching I dropped my phone due to my sweaty hands!  Ha!
 Kyle's team won 3/5 of their games in a Phenom Hoops tourney.  It was a treat to have him to myself for the weekend even if I drive him nuts!  Ha!  Kids are always so different one-on-one and we had a great time even if we are both worn out.
 These tournaments are no joke with unbelieveable talent.  It is really fun to watch such high level basketball but I may or may not have yelled at a ref or two:)
 Kyle was thrilled to take this picture post-game Friday night!  Ha!  He does not always appreciate my pictures but he does enjoy reading the blog :)
 This little dude had a great weekend.  Pops and GG hosted David for a sleepover Friday night and then Pops took Dave to his own AAU tournament in Blacksburg.  David loves his cyclone teammates and loves being on the team:)  It is so precious to watch him.
 Most of my pictures are from my iphone as I try to take pics of these fast players while I cheer! Ha! One of the Xplosion parents is a great photographer and I always enjoy his pictures!  Thanks Michael Thomas!  There was high drama at the tourney with one of our players getting choked and hit and sadly when he defended himself he too got ejected.  I learned some valuable lessons this past weekend traveling ... 1) Google maps is my new BFF.  For real.  2) Humility is important and not practiced enough with high level hoops players.  3) basketball laundry is gross.  4) Point differential is real and though it is sad to run up the score on teams, our coaches attempting to be classy did not and it resulted in us being dropped down to bronze divison.  Sad that cut throat is valued more than classy sportsmanship.  
 Saturday morning the 10th grade team played at the Coliseum.  There were 8 temporary courts set up within the coliseum and there were designated areas for college coaches to watch players.  Kyle's team only being freshman did not play at the Coliseum because they are not quite ready for this, but it was crazy to see how many colleges were there recruiting.
 While I was cheering for Kyle Mike stayed home and held down the fort which meant getting this little lady ready for her spring piano recital.  It was a duet recital with her amazing teacher and Mike not only got her piano ready he also rocked her hairdo!
 This weekend also made me say a prayer of thanksgiving for all the great coaches that God has put into Kyle's life.  God is using basketball to teach Kyle some life lessons and great coaches are gems.  Here is Kyle getting a mid-game lesson on a certain play.  Don't let the smile fool you, Coach Kevin is hard core but he shows his love by how hard he pushes them.  He helped Kyle have a late night epiphany one night and I am so thankful for his investment in kids.
 I love spending time with all of these sweaty, stinky but hilarious boys!

 For their recital Mrs. Melody presented each girl with this precious shirt for their duet recital.  It says plays well with others:)  Soo creative and cute!  Check out Pops in the background.  He and GG were actually able to come to town and attend the recital.  With GG's knee therapy and my grandmothers medical drama they have been pretty tied up lately.
We may have lost in double Overtime in the championship, but here is Coach Kevin sharing some wisdom with the guys before leaving.  It was a dramatic tourney with a fist fight, player ejections, psycho opposing coaches, referees beginning the game before our coach arrived, and hot gyms to the point that the floors were slick due to sweat.  But despite the drama I had a blast.

I am also thankful for technology because I got to enjoy my girls duet for the recital.  The weekend was overloaded but Blessed be the name of the Lord!